Gateway Legacy Christian Academy dominates Falcons' home finale
Highlights from Elverado vs. GLAC (Doug Daniels video)
Avery Caraker was honored for Senior Night on Tuesday. (Brianna Tuthill Photo)
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
February 14, 2018
(Elkville, Ill.) - Elverado honored their lone senior, Avery Caraker, before Tuesday's Senior Night game, the home regular season boys basketball finale for EHS. As for the game itself, not much celebrating was going on for the Falcons.
Gateway Legacy Christian Academy, an elite private school from Glen Carbon, Ill., put on a clinic in Elkville, dominating the game from the opening tip to the final horn, 86-46, with five players finishing in double figures.
The Falcons put up just seven points in the first quarter and trailed 24-7 after one, and never closed the gap. Aquntez Penn, Elverado's leading scorer, was held to 14 points, which was his lowest output since December 30 against Roxana (12).
“Tonight we saw the best team we’ve faced all year," said EHS head coach Jacob Emling. "Two things can happen from this: we can learn from it and make ourselves better, or we can hang our heads and it send us backwards. We are going to get better from it, I love seeing that type of competition right before the regional. We talked at halftime about using the second half to get better, work on some things, and I think we were able to do that. I can’t ever fault our kids efforts, they always play hard. I’m still happy with the way we are playing as we finish up the last week of the regular season.”
Also scoring for the Falcons against GLAC were Caraker (6 points), Dawson White (6), Kobe Manson (6), Trey Bernardini (4), Isaac Floyd (4), Sam Alstat (3) and Blaine Morse (3).
Elverado (17-11) travels to Joppa on Friday to close out the regular season. They begin postseason play in the Zeigler-Royalton Regional on Monday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. against Thompsonville in the opening round.
Game photos by Doug Daniels/ElveradoSports.com